Flash Fiction

I have heard of flash fiction, of course, but I must confess that I’ve never given this fun genre a try.  That changed last night.  My Yahoo! Contributor Network assignment desk offered a flash fiction assignment in 50 words or less.  I thought, this is perfect for someone with my limited time! 

Somehow I still didn’t get to try it during the day.  Then my daughter took two hours getting to sleep and woke up less than half an hour later.  As I sat rocking her, I began to think and plot, as my mind is wont to do.  I thought of the night our house was hit by a tornado and how so much had happened in so short a time.  Could I write a flash peice where so much happens in so few words?  I could and did. 

Then it occurred to me that isn’t fiction.  It’s a flash story, but not fiction, so I’m still thinking about it and playing with it.  I started to do a little research and learned that flash fiction word limits are variable, depending on who is assigning it.  I like the idea of writing a complete story with rising action, a climax and falling action in just 50 words though.  I’m up to the challenge.  Anybody out there written any?

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3 Comments

  1. Pat Miran said,

    January 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Sorry to say I haven’t written flash fiction; however, it sounds like a good way to get an idea down on paper fast. Good luck with the writing.

  2. susielindau said,

    January 15, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Check out my blog and look under Friday fiction! They are mostly 100 words..http://susielindau.com/
    I LOVE writing them!

    • melorajohnson said,

      January 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks for the note. I’m enjoying your blog!


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